Bosch Showcases New Rod Insertion and Labeling Machine for Syringes


Integrated backstop increases safety

o Improved handling and precise labeling

o Flexible line integration and upgrade of existing machines

o Extensive syringe handling and processing equipment portfolio

At Achema 2012 in Frankfurt/Main, Germany, - Bosch Packaging Technology presents the new rod insertion and labeling machine RIL 3060B at its booth (C70, C72) in hall 3.1. Bosch has further developed its well-proven RIL series. The new RIL 3060B model offers very fast handling and is equipped with an integrated backstop assembly that significantly increases the safe usage of syringes for end-consumers. The syringes are delivered to the rod insertion and labeling machine from the filling line and a plunger is inserted. This is performed by gently inserting the rod into the plunger without moving it. With the new integrated backstop assembly, an additional backstop can be automatically attached to the syringe flange. Backstops are used to protect the plunger from being pulled out of the barrel, for instance during retraction, and to improve syringe handling during administration. The backstop assembly station substantially improves the handling of syringes and ensures increased safety for the end-user.

Addition to well-proven RIL series

The RIL series consists of integrated systems for the insertion of plunger rods into syringes and precise application of labels. Like all RIL machines, the new RIL 3060B complies with Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) and guarantees high process safety while requiring only minimal configuration. A segmentation wheel allows a continuous flow of syringes and achieves increased production capacity. Total torque control enables precise screwing of the rods into the plungers, ensuring the product's sterility during the entire handling process. The plunger rod is gently guided into the plunger by a pressure-controlled air cylinder. Horizontal syringe transport ensures very gentle product handling. No adjustments are required for format changeovers.

The system also detects the presence of preprinted labels which are precisely attached to the syringes. Syringes that are labeled correctly continue down the line for further handling, while syringes with incompletely or possibly incorrectly printed labels are rejected. For comprehensive quality assurance, the rod inserter and labeler features a number of controls, including checks on proper rod placement and tip-cap presence. The RIL 3060B offers many further options, such as a general reject or dedicated reject stations to classify and trace different fault types. Further options include locking doors, integrated in-process control, and additional format sets for an even higher handling flexibility. Label dispensers with conventional printers or laser printing facilities can also be included for online coding of labels. To avoid unnecessary waste, a defective label detection and rejection system can optionally be installed.

The new feature further enhances Bosch's extensive portfolio for the handling and processing of syringes. All processes of the new system are performed on the same machine. The new integrated backstop assembly only requires the addition of a small bowl feeder to the existing layout. Even though a further step is added to the process, the line speed is not slowed down. On the contrary: the new RIL 3060B handles up to 300 syringes per minute with six mounting stations. It can process a range of syringe formats from 0.5 up to 20 milliliters, with a maximum length of 150 millimeters. All existing RIL 300 machines can be retrofitted with the new backstop assembly station which can also be flexibly integrated into existing filling and packaging lines.

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The Bosch division Packaging Technology, based in Waiblingen (Germany), is one of the
leading suppliers in the field of processing and packaging technology. In more than 15
countries worldwide it develops and produces complete solutions for the pharmaceutical,
food and confectionery industries. The comprehensive service portfolio completes the
package. The worldwide sales and service network offers local contacts. More information at www.boschpackaging.com

The Bosch Group is a leading global supplier of technology and services. In the areas of automotive and industrial technology, consumer goods, and building technology, more than 300,000 associates generated sales of 51.5 billion euros in fiscal 2011. The Bosch Group comprises Robert Bosch GmbH and its roughly 350 subsidiaries and regional companies in some 60 countries. If its sales and service partners are included, then Bosch is represented in roughly 150 countries. This worldwide development, manufacturing, and sales network is the foundation for further growth. Bosch spent some 4.2 billion euros for research and development in 2011, and applied for over 4,100 patents worldwide. With all its products and services, Bosch enhances the quality of life by providing solutions which are both innovative and beneficial.

The company was set up in Stuttgart in 1886 by Robert Bosch (1861-1942) as "Workshop
for Precision Mechanics and Electrical Engineering." The special ownership structure of
Robert Bosch GmbH guarantees the entrepreneurial freedom of the Bosch Group, making it
possible for the company to plan over the long term and to undertake significant up-front investments in the safeguarding of its future. Ninety-two percent of the share capital of Robert Bosch GmbH is held by Robert Bosch Stiftung GmbH, a charitable foundation. The majority of voting rights are held by Robert Bosch Industrietreuhand KG, an industrial trust. The entrepreneurial ownership functions are carried out by the trust. The remaining shares are held by the Bosch family and by Robert Bosch GmbH.

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